Deciding that it likes the outcome of its 10 MW demonstration solar feed-in tariff program, the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power told local lawmakers Aug. 14 that it intends to pursue a 150 MW program beginning next year. The muni is anxious to get the program rolling so solar developers can cash in on a federal solar tax credit that expires at the end of 2016, Bill Glauz, muni resource planning and solar energy development manager, told the Los Angeles City Council\u2019s Energy & Environment Committee. In its demonstration program, LADWP received 26 bids for a total of 7 MW of capacity, Glauz said. It expects to enter agreements for 4.6 MW of projects after completing interconnection studies now under way. Glauz said the muni rejected the other offers because their cost was out of line. The projects are to be located on a variety of buildings--ranging from multi-family housing units to schools and industrial and commercial complexes--scattered around the muni\u2019s service area. Contracts are due to be signed by late October. The demonstration feed-in tariff program authorized $58 million through fiscal year 2032-33 for power produced by 10 MW of solar capacity, or an average of $2.6 million annually (Current, April 20, 2012). Glauz said the muni plans to begin workshops to develop the full 150 MW program next week and that it should be adopted by the end of the year, with the first solicitation sometime in January. A business and an environmental group, as well as council members, lauded the department for its feed-in tariff program. In other action, the council committee okayed issuing $650 million in power bonds for the muni aimed at repowering existing coastal fossil fuel plants, completing renewable energy projects, upgrading its distribution system and other facilities, and retrofitting customer homes and businesses for energy efficiency. Repayment with interest is expected to cost $1.314 billion over 30 years. Approval came without comment. Full council approval still is needed. The muni is planning a subsequent power bond issuance for $480 million for later this fiscal year.